Beatified By: May 14, 2005, St. Peter's Basilica, Rome by Pope Benedict XVI
Ascension Nicol Goni, of Tafalla, Spain, was inspired to become a nun from the example of the Dominican sisters who taught her in school. At the age of seventeen, she entered a Dominican convent, and became a teaching sister herself. After serving in this capacity for twenty-eight years, she volunteered for a mission in Peru, where a local bishop was in need of missionary sisters to catechize the people living in the Peruvian forest. Following their arrival in Lima, Peru, Sister Ascension and the other nuns accompanying her made a dangerous journey across the Andes and along treacherous rivers to reach their final destination. The nuns founded a girlsí school and nursed the sick. Upon the request of the Dominicansí master general, Sister Ascension co-founded with the local bishop a new congregation, the Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Rosary. As the first superior of this institute, Mother Ascension was sustained by deep devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Blessed Virgin under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary. She died on February 24, 1940.
Franciscan Capuchin martyr. He was born Mark Rey is Sigmaringen, Germany, in 1577. A practicing lawyer, he traveled across Europe as a tutor to aristocrats but then started defending the poor. In ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Christina was the daughter of a rich and powerful magistrate named Urbain. Her father, who was deep in the practices of heathenism, had a number of golden idols, which our saint destroyed, and distributed the pieces among the poor. Infuriated by this act, Urbain ... continue readingMore Female Saints
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By Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.
This model of Christian manliness recommends himself to us not for any strange or exciting things he did (because he really didn't) but for the daily listening to and heeding the voice of Almighty God - in the home, in the synagogue and Temple, in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes